Revenge is Sweet With Russian Eclairs

The kitchen would seem to be a peaceful place. After all, pies and eclairs do not conceal hidden conflict and tragedy. But our history often presents us with surprises that even the most inventive writer could not dream up. Here is one such story. “M. Conradi’s Candy and Chocolate Factory” was founded in 1853 by…

Please Don’t Hit On Me, Bug Me, or Harass Me

Рыпаться: fidget, pester, make a ruckus A few weeks ago a video appeared on social media of a Russian woman being asked about Poland. She was very angry and indignant. She said that Poland should be destroyed because the country “всё рыпалась на нас.” Whatever рыпаться is, it must be absolutely diabolical if it requires…

Putin Congratulates China’s Xi on Third Term, Hails ‘Strengthening’ Ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday congratulated Xi Jinping on his appointment to a third term as China’s president, hailing the growing links between the two nations. “Dear friend, please accept sincere congratulations on the occasion of your reelection,” Putin said in a statement released by the Kremlin. “Russia highly values your personal contribution toward…

Sanctions Loophole Closed as Turkey Blocks Parallel Imports to Russia

Turkish customs officials have suddenly stopped permitting the transit of sanctioned goods bound for Russia through Turkish territory, Russia’s Kommersant FM radio station reported on Thursday citing Russian logistics operators.  Turkey has been a key hub for Russia’s sanction-busting efforts ever since President Vladimir Putin signed the country’s “parallel import” scheme into law in June. The…

Russian Opposition Split by Appeal to EU for Sanctioned Billionaire

Alexei Navalny’s top aide Leonid Volkov resigned from the board of the jailed Kremlin critic’s Anti-Corruption Foundation on Thursday, as the political fallout over a letter in defense of oligarch Mikhail Fridman continued to rock Russia’s fragmented political opposition.  The letter, which was signed by a group of Russian opposition politicians and activists and addressed to…

Pro-Russian Separatists in Moldova Say Foiled Ukraine Attack

Pro-Moscow authorities in Moldova’s separatist region of Transnistria, which borders Ukraine, said Thursday they had prevented an attack organized by Kyiv that targeted separatist officials. Transnistria is a narrow Kremlin-backed region in eastern Moldova that separated from the ex-Soviet republic after fighting in 1992. Russia has maintained a contingent of troops there since. Moldovan President…

The works on the outside containment concreting are completed ahead of schedule at Rooppur NPP Unit 1

At the Rooppur NPP construction site in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh (the general designer and general contractor being the Rosatom Engineering Division), the outside containment concreting has been completed 45 days ahead of schedule. The total process took 110 days instead of 155. According to the RPS project “Optimization of 10UJA outer containment structures…

Deadly Russian Strikes Pound Ukraine

The largest Russian strikes on Ukraine in weeks killed at least six people and caused power outages across the war-battered nation on Thursday. Kyiv’s military downed nearly half of the missiles launched by Russia over at least 10 regions, as the fight raged on for control of the symbolic prize Bakhmut in Ukraine’s east.  The…

Georgian Lawmakers Pull ‘Foreign Agents’ Bill After Mass Protests

Georgian lawmakers have dropped a controversial “foreign agents” bill, which critics said resembled Russian legislation used to silence critics, following days of mass protests that saw clashes between police and protesters. “We, as an authority responsible to every member of society, have decided to unconditionally withdraw the bill we supported without any reservations,” the ruling Georgian…

U.S. Intelligence Concludes ‘Pro-Ukraine Group’ Behind Nord Stream Attack                                            

U.S. officials have seen new intelligence that indicates a “pro-Ukrainian group” was responsible for the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines last year, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. In a cautious report that did not identify the source of the intelligence or the group involved, the Times said the U.S. officials had…

Russia Deems Transparency International ‘Undesirable’ Organization

updates with Transparency International Russia comment. Russia has added global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International to its list of “undesirable” organizations, the Prosecutor General’s Office announced on Monday. “Formally declaring itself an organization that fights corruption around the globe, it interferes in the internal affairs of the Russian Federation, which threatens the constitutional order and the security…

ROSATOM delegation took part in the 12th International Symposium on Targeted Alpha Therapy in the RSA

ROSATOM delegation took part in the 12th International Symposium on Targeted Alpha Therapy in the Republic of South Africa, ended on March 2, 2023 in Cape Town (South Africa). The symposium brought together more than 300 nuclear medicine professionals from medical and scientific organizations, educational institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and regulatory authorities from around the world.…

Journalist Given 8 Months Community Service for Posting Mariupol Article

Corrects “eight-month jail sentence” with “eight months of community service.” A Russian court on Monday sentenced independent journalist Andrei Novashov to eight months of community service for spreading “falsehoods” about the Russian army, independent Russian TV channel Dozhd reported citing sources close to the journalist.  Novashov, a freelance journalist from the Kemerovo region in southwestern…

Wagner Boss Says Bakhmut Fighters Lack Ammo

The head of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group, which is spearheading the longest battle of Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine, has complained his forces still lack ammunition, blaming possible “betrayal.” Kremlin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin, whose recruits have been fighting for months to capture the battle-scarred city of Bakhmut, has been entangled in a power struggle with the Defense…

Porridge Fit For a Tsar

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?” “What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. Breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day. And although breakfast was different in different centuries, it has always — or almost always — played a great role…